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Eat Your Bugs!
Sierra Club ^ | Peter Frick-Wright

Posted on 04/13/2014 7:03:09 PM PDT by PaulCruz2016

There are many environmental reasons to eat insects. But first you have to get past the ick factor.

You have to be careful not to overcook scorpions. The exoskeleton traps steam, and they're messy when they pop.

"But get it right," said "Bug Chef" David George Gordon to the swarm of curious faces gathered to watch him work, "and they taste like soft-shell crab."

It was Halloween night. I'd trekked across Portland, Oregon, for a bug-cooking demonstration at Paxton Gate, a store that owner Andy Brown describes as "a natural history museum where everything is for sale." Feats of unusual taxidermy covered the walls. There were piranhas, peacocks, and baby lambs mid-frolic. Owl pellets filled a glass jar in one display; another held mouse skeletons sitting upright in tiny royal costumes. It was nightmarish and wonderful, rewarding for the curious but troublesome for the squeamish. Much like what we were about to do.

Bearded and jovial, Gordon calls himself a chef even though he's not associated with any restaurant. He began collecting insect-based recipes in 1996 and two years later published The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, which includes tonight's two demonstration recipes: tempura-battered mealworms and scorpion scaloppine. Both were made with limited seasoning, Gordon said, because he didn't want to overpower the taste of the insects. Dessert, however, was chapulines (fried grasshoppers) dipped in chocolate. They tasted like chocolate.

(Excerpt) Read more at sierraclub.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: bugs; environment; insects; sierraclub
Bravo Sierra, but you first.
1 posted on 04/13/2014 7:03:09 PM PDT by PaulCruz2016
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To: PaulCruz2016

I suspect that that author’s a bit more than a ilttle BUGGY!


2 posted on 04/13/2014 7:10:24 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ..We WIll Remember Bunkerville!)
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To: PaulCruz2016

While our elites eat Wagyu beef, lobster, Chilean Sea Bass, heritage pork, scallops and a thousand other delicacies forbidden to us peons.


3 posted on 04/13/2014 7:15:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder: are vegetarians and vegans okay with people eating insects? Does that count as killing animals for food?


4 posted on 04/13/2014 7:19:58 PM PDT by PaulCruz2016
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To: PaulCruz2016
The author is quite welcome to indulge his fetish for tempura-battered mealworms, scorpion scaloppine, and grasshoppers, if he wishes.

Some of us--in fact, I suspect, most of us--would much prefer a steak. Or even a hamburger.

5 posted on 04/13/2014 7:22:32 PM PDT by AmericanExceptionalist (Democrats believe in discussing the full spectrum of ideas, all the way from far left to center-left)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Even better that doggie barbecue!!


6 posted on 04/13/2014 7:22:38 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ..We WIll Remember Bunkerville!)
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To: PaulCruz2016

I have a whole lot of animals and vegetables and grains that I have to run out of before bugs are on my plate.


7 posted on 04/13/2014 7:24:10 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: PaulCruz2016

But first they can kiss my @ss!


8 posted on 04/13/2014 7:24:45 PM PDT by nomad
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To: PaulCruz2016
Spelling aside...


9 posted on 04/13/2014 7:27:40 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: MediaMole

They smoking bed bugs too....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6q7fUgTiC6k


10 posted on 04/13/2014 7:38:08 PM PDT by Therapsid
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To: PaulCruz2016
A very many years ago I bit into a lettuce bug at a Taco Bell. I have never been back into that establishment and don't ever intend to again. That was the first and last bug for me.

I suspect that could change when we are sent to the re-indoctrination camp and placed on a starvation diet. IMHO that would not be a gourmet opportunity.

11 posted on 04/13/2014 7:42:33 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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When I was in Thailand we often worked at night. The artificial lights would bring in the RICE BUGS, or as we called them the Baht bug, as we sold them to the locals for 5 cents, or a baht.

http://importfood.com/thai_insect_maengda.html


12 posted on 04/13/2014 7:58:23 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: PaulCruz2016

As a teen-ager I worked at an upscale department store at the candy counter. We had a whole shelf filled with chocolate-covered bugs. The entire time I worked there no one bought any.


13 posted on 04/13/2014 8:03:25 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: PaulCruz2016
The author is Peter Frick-Wright...?

Could there be a more unfortunate name? Seriously.

14 posted on 04/13/2014 8:12:06 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: PaulCruz2016
Eating bugs is not as simple as just popping them into one's mouth. Some can be poisonous (although I believe all aquatic bugs are edible). With many the heads should be removed first, and they should all be roasted to kill any parasites they are carrying.

But, I'm with the steak-eaters. :)

15 posted on 04/13/2014 8:42:31 PM PDT by The Duke ("Forgiveness is between them and God, it's my job to arrange the meeting.")
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To: Slyfox

I think you mentioned this was at Hudsons Dept. store in Detroit, Mi. I never knew this product was sold there, and I grew up in Detroit. Cass Tech was my high school.


16 posted on 04/13/2014 8:45:53 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: PaulCruz2016

17 posted on 04/13/2014 8:46:28 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (Up yours NSA !)
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To: lee martell

It was Hudson’s in Flint. No one even asked for a sample.


18 posted on 04/13/2014 8:50:27 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: PaulCruz2016

If scorpion tastes like crab... what does that tell you about crab?


19 posted on 04/13/2014 9:00:31 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Slyfox

Someone gave me a lollipop with a scorpion in it. I discovered that the lollipop is actually a very viscous liquid. The scorpion would gradually sink to the down side of the lollipop, which I would turn over every few months.

I wonder if I still have that lollipop...


20 posted on 04/13/2014 9:12:53 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: exDemMom

Oh gross.


21 posted on 04/13/2014 9:15:32 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: exDemMom
Sweet!


22 posted on 04/13/2014 9:24:39 PM PDT by Mycroft Holmes (<= Mash name for HTML Xampp PHP C JavaScript primer. Programming for everyone.)
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To: Mycroft Holmes

Oh, gross!


23 posted on 04/13/2014 9:25:24 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: exDemMom
Someone gave me a lollipop with a scorpion in it...

They are available at convenience stores in the American southwest. Saw one just a few months ago. And yes, it's a real scorpion.
24 posted on 04/13/2014 10:56:39 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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